LANSING | A group of 500 volunteers gathered at Lansing Christian School on Saturday to pack heirloom vegetable seeds that will be sent to agricultural communities in Africa, Central America and other countries in need around the world.
Volunteers worked in two-hour shifts to pack the seeds that will be delivered to countries served by Global Aid Network, or GAIN. The goal of the project is to give families a sustainable food supply by allowing them to plant gardens. Enough seeds are sent so they will also have excess food that can be sold for family needs, organizers said.
The project is sponsored by the Lansing Ministerial Association and GAIN. Churches involved are First Baptist, First Christian, First Reformed, Grace Reformed, Lansing Assembly of God, Living Word and New Hope.
Many more churches, groups and individuals participated in the seed packing event.
Those who want to help cover the cost of the project can send checks made out to First Baptist Church, designating SEEDS in the memo line, and mailed to the church at 3440 178th St., Lansing, Ill. 60438.
To learn more about GAIN, go to gainusa.org.